Celebrating Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary, V connects two generations of female powerhouses who have signalled the turn of a new era for the once male-dominated genre. Appearing in the V142 Summer issue of the magazine and photographed by Eric Johnson.
In front of his camera: Young Devyn, Leondra Roshawn Gay, aka Monaleo, Connie Diiamond, and Brooklyn Candida Rodriguez, aka Bktherula. The motifs were post-produced by ONE HUNDRED BERLIN.
“My family’s from Trinidad, so we have a genre called Soca. And I got very big in the Soca genre because I started at the age of eight. I blew up in the first six months, and I was on tour from like eight to fourteen. I always felt like, because I’m authentically from Trinidad and authentically from Brooklyn, I could kind of be the artist that bridges that gap and makes it mainstream. I never thought Hip Hop would ever be what it has been, that kind of just happened organically.” Young Devyn.
“So happy I can finally post and speak about this. Knowing where I come from and how hard I’m always working for the girls to be celebrating and seen. As we celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary, I’m grateful and happy to announce I am officially in a magazine yall. @hallebailey is on the cover of this iconic MAGAZINE ‼️ My inner childhood is screaming. Thank you to the legendary Eric Johnson and V Mag for choosing me.
At the time when I started putting out music, there weren’t as many female rappers as there are right now. So now I feel like everyone is just like, “Oh, now we need this,” they’re kind of paying more attention to the females and want to see everybody win. Prior to this, I felt like it was really male-dominated.” Connie Diiamond.
“What made me pursue rap is that my dad actually used to be a rapper – just listening to him and his old stuff inspired me. I just remember growing up, we would listen to his music on a cassette tape, in the fucking whip. I was just like, ‘Let me tap in real quick.’ Like, let me just finish it off.” Bktherula.
V Mag on V Mag : “V Magazine was launched in September 1999 as the younger sibling publication to the limited-edition quarterly Visionaire. If Visionaire is a couture book, V is ready-to-wear. V is large-format and visually driven, international in scope, and collaborative in spirit.”
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YOUNG DEVYN + MONALEO + CONNIE DIIAMOND + BKTHERULA
Fashion Matthew Mazur @mazurbate (@agency.paradis)
Editorial direction & casting Czar Van Gaal @overlyopinionatedblackperson
Makeup Mollie Gloss @molliegloss (@agency.paradis)
Hair The Chaise Way (Factory Downtown) and Tez Galliano @therealchaiseway / @tezgalliano
Manicure Karen Jimenez @theset.bykj (@opusbeauty)
Text Kerane Marcellus @keranenotkaren
Editor Kala Herh @kalaherh
Set design Jenny Correa @jennykcorrea
Visual collaborator Robert Escalera @roberte64
Interview MC Lyte
Producer Goran Macura @goranmacura
Photo assistant Malcom Sales @salesmalcolm
Stylist assistants Nia Shambourger, Adriana Espinal
Makeup assistant Tess Garvey
Hair assistant Shanice Watkins
Manicure assistant Danny Tavarez
Set design assistant Johnny Saczko
Production assistant Domenic Nadal
LOLA BROOKE’s makeup Khadidra Mclarty
TIACORINE’s hair Kyra C.Jones aka The Hairshrink
Wig installation Ashley Jones for Yummy extensions
Finishing One Hundred Berlin @onehundredberlin
Special Thanks @defjam / @savannahfalzarano / @biz3publicity / @danameyerson / @thethombrand / @aristarecords / @audibletreats